Georgia Faces Gators in Rematch
Feb. 16, 2013
Georgia Faces Gators in Rematch
The No. 13 Georgia Lady Bulldogs return to action for the first time in a week on Sunday when they travel to Gainesville to face Florida at the O'Connell Center. Tip off is set for 1 p.m. and the contest will be televised regionally by CSS and also available on espn3.com, with Bernie Guenther calling play-by-play and Joe Ciampi serving as analyst.
The contest is a rematch of the Lady Bulldogs' 69-52 victory at Stegeman Coliseum three weeks ago, the ninth consecutive win for the home team in the series.
Georgia slipped to 20-4 overall and 8-3 in SEC play following last Sunday's loss at LSU. The Lady Tigers outscored UGA 9-2 over the final 1:33 to secure the upset and snap the Lady Bulldogs' four-game winning streak.
The "senior Jasmines" - the only players on the roster to start every game this season - continue to lead the Lady Bulldogs. Jasmine Hassell paces the team at 12.1 ppg, while Jasmine James chips in 11.3 ppg.
In addition, freshman Shacobia Barbee, who has started all but one contest (at Georgia Tech), leads the Lady Bulldogs in both rebounds (141) and steals (62) and is second in assists (69 is 17 behind James).
Florida dropped to 15-10 overall and 4-7 in league action with Thursday's 78-71 loss at No. 11 Texas A&M, the fifth single-digit SEC setback for the Gators.
Jaterra Bonds (12.2 ppg), Jennifer George (12.0 ppg) and Sydney Moss (10.0 ppg) all average double figures for Florida.
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Head Coach: Andy Landers
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Series history with the Gators
Georgia is 47-14 all-time against the Gators, including a 19-10 record in Gainesville. Three of the Gators' wins came prior to Andy Landers' tenure as head coach, making him and even more impressive 47-11 versus Florida.
The contest will be the 62nd between the Lady Bulldogs and the Gators, making Florida Georgia's most familiar foe.
Over the past four seasons, the Lady Bulldogs and Gators split their eight matchups, with the home team holding serve each time.
That trend held up earlier this season on Jan. 27 in Athens when Jasmine Hassell led a trio of Lady Bulldogs in double figures in a 69-52 victory.
A Hassell layup ignited a 10-0 run that put Georgia up 14-4. The Lady Bulldogs eventually stretched their advantage to 39-20 before halftime.
A Merritt Hempe jumper started a second-half 17-2 surge that gave Georgia its largest lead of the game at 64-33.
In the most recent meeting in Gainesvillle last Feb. 19, the No. 18 Georgia Lady Bulldogs dropped a 61-57 decision to the Gators in a back-and-forth contest that featured nine ties and 15 lead changes.
Jasmine James led Georgia with 15 points, four steals and three rebounds.
The Lady Bulldogs led 54-53 with 2:47 remaining before the Gators closed out the contest on an 8-3 run, including making both ends of a pair of one-and-ones in the final 10 seconds.
Last time out...
Jasmine Hassell posted her second consecutive double-double; however, LSU defeated No. 9 Georgia, 62-54, in Baton Rouge last Sunday.
Hassell scored a game-high 18 points and tied her career high with 12 boards.
The Lady Bulldogs trailed by six with 15:15 left before an 8-0 run that put Georgia up 40-38. LSU responded much in the same fashion, with an 8-0 spurt that made it 46-40 just 1:47 later.
Georgia pulled within one or two points five times over the next 6:05 but never regained the lead. The Lady Bulldogs trailed 53-52 with 1:47 remaining when a Theresa Plaisance jumper in the lane started a 9-2 LSU run over the final 1:33 to secure the upset.
20 wins...once again
The Lady Bulldogs guaranteed their 28th 20-win campaign during Andy Landers' 34 seasons in Athens with their Feb. 7 victory over Auburn.
Georgia's senior class has now notched four 20-win efforts and the Lady Bulldogs have reached that marker during 10 of the past 11 seasons.
Andy Landers' tally of 28 20-win season ranks fifth all-time among Division I head coaches...and third among active head coaches. Tennessee's Pat Summitt tops that ledger with 36 20-win seasons followed by C. Vivian Stringer of Rutgers (32) and both Jody Conradt formerly of Texas (29) and Sylvia Hatchell of North Carolina (29th this season).
Miller, Hassell earn SEC accolades
Miller averaged 18.0 points in victories over Alabama and No. 8 Kentucky while hitting 52.6 percent of her FGs, 42.9 percent of her three-point attempts and 90.0 percent of her free throws.
Miller scored a team-high 11 points and collected a game-high four steals against Alabama on Jan. 31. On Feb. 3, she scored a career-high points 25 as the Lady Bulldogs snapped Kentucky's 34-game home winning streak.
Hassell was honored after averaging 20.0 points in wins over No. 18 South Carolina and Alabama. For the week, she made 15-of-22 (.682) of her shots from the floor and 10-of-12 (.833) of her trips to the line.
Hassell scored 21 points against the Tide in Tuscaloosa, a career high against SEC competition. She then scored 19 points versus the Gamecocks, accounting for 45 percent of UGA's total offense in the 42-40 win.
Miller and Hassell are the 23rd and 24th different Lady Bulldogs to win SEC Player of the Week honors since its inception in 1985. Those players - a list which includes Anne Marie Armstrong and Jasmine James - have combined to win the accolade 45 times.
Playing time being distributed
A year ago, six Lady Bulldogs averaged between 20.0 and 34.5 minutes of playing time per game. All told, five different players logged all 40 minutes a combined 25 times.
This season, playing time is being much more evenly distributed.
Ten Georgia players are averaging between 11.9 and 29.0 mpg and only 33 times in 24 games has a Lady Bulldog been on the floor more than 30 minutes.
Most dramatically affected has been Jasmine James. James averaged 35.4 mpg during her first three seasons and played 30 minutes or more in 82 of 91 games played over that span.
This season, James leads the team in MP but has only played more than 30 minutes in nine contests.
Lady Dogs do starting lineup shuffle
Georgia has used seven different starting fives this season, including four different quintets in successive games against Arkansas, Texas A&M, Florida and Alabama.
Versus Alabama in Athens, freshmen Barbee, Tiaria Griffin and Merritt Hempe all started. That marked the first time Georgia's starting five featured a trio of freshmen since Ashley Houts, Christy Marshall and Angel Robinson did so against Brown on Dec. 30, 2006.
Lady Bulldogs post 850th "W"
A Jan. 31 victory over Alabama represented the 850th in 40 seasons of Lady Bulldog Basketball.
UGA became the 10th Division I women's hoops program to reach 850 victories. Georgia has been consistently ascending the ledger of the game's winningest programs. The Lady Bulldogs were the 22nd team to post 500 wins on Dec. 1, 1998; the 17th school to 600 victories on Feb. 21 2002; the 15th program to post 700 "Ws" on Nov. 29, 2006; and the 10th to notch 800 wins on Jan. 13, 2011.
James joins UGA's top-20 scorers
Jasmine James has ascended from No. 31 to No. 20 among UGA's career scoring leaders during 2012-13. She enters today's game with 1,321 points, 75 away from No. 19 Camille Lowe.
Hassell hits millennium as well
Jasmine Hassell scored her 1,000th career point against Savannah State, becoming the 33rd Lady Bulldog to reach that milestone.
The former McDonald's and WBCA prep All-American from Lebanon, Tenn., has developed consistently throughout her career.
Hassell averaged 6.2 ppg as a freshman, 9.6 ppg as a sophomore and a team-high 13.0 ppg as a junior.
Hassell joined UGA's top-25 scorers versus Florida. With 1,230 points, she is four from No. 21 Stacey Ford.
Who's next? AMA or Miller
Armstrong has 934 points, 66 shy of the millennium milestone.
Miller has 921 points, 79 from 1,000 for her career.
A milestone in the making
Anne Marie Armstrong could become the third Georgia senior to reach the 1,000 career points. She would join Jasmine James and Jasmine Hassell and make them the second trio of UGA classmates to top 1,000.
James scored her 1000th point late last season at South Carolina and Hassell did so against Savannah State on Nov. 20.
The only three classmates to top 1,000 points at UGA to date are the Class of 1997's La'Keshia Frett (1,850 points), Tracy Henderson (1,764) and Kedra Holland-Corn (1,566).
Depth showing up elsewhere
Georgia's depth has provided a big boost in a couple of "specialty stats".
The Lady Bulldogs' bench has contributed 552 points, 229 more than the opposing teams' reserves.
Georgia has scored 552 points off of opponents' turnovers, while giving up just 254 - a massive +298 margin.
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